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Board of Directors


Kemal Atkins, Ed.D.

Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

Jamia Crockett

Board Secretary

Families Forward Virginia


Alex DerHovhannessian  



Traci DeShazor

City of Richmond    

Leah Fraley

SCAN Northern Virginia 

Amy Greear, Ed.D.

MECC Foundation  

Mountain Empire Community College 

Tricia Harper


Stanley Jones, Ed.D.

Board Chair

ACTS Prince William County Inc.

Cynthia Morrow, MD

Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts

Patricia "Trish" O'Brien

Chip of South Hampton Roads


Cameron Patterson 

Longwood University   


Ashley Rogers

Chesterfield County 
Families First Program

Beth Silsdorf

Newport News Shipbuilding

Jessica Sismilich

Healthy Families Virginia Beach

Ed Speedling 

Newport Healthcare

John Thomas, DPA

Immediate Past Board Chair 


Roberta Tinch

Board Vice Chair

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital


John West

Board Treasurer

Call Federal Credit Union

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Jamia Crockett

Chief Executive Officer 

Jamia was already quite familiar with Families Forward before becoming CEO in February 2021, having earlier served on our Board of Directors as Treasurer. Most recently Jamia worked at Mary Washington Healthcare, and previously she worked in various health systems across both Virginia and North Carolina focused on Strategic Planning and Business Development with extensive experience in research and evaluation.

Jamia has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from William and Mary, and a Master’s in Health Administration from VCU. Jamia is also an adjunct professor in executive leadership skills at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Laurel Aparicio, Director of Early Impact Virginia, former First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam and former CEO Lisa Specter-Dunaway

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